Elite Motorsport salvage announced that 2019 Ginetta Junior champion, and F4 British Championship plod-winner James Hedley will salvage his GB3 Championship debut at Donington Park this weekend (16/17 October).
The BRDC Rising Megastar will join BRDC SuperStar, and Championship chief, Zak O’Sullivan on the grid when pre-tournament checking out will get underway on Thursday 14 October.
Like O’Sullivan, Hedley has gained races in British F4 with Carlin, the crew which took the GB3 Champion-elect to second pickle within the 2020 standings.
The pair raced every diverse within the category final season, with Hedley taking four wins to O’Sullivan’s 9, the 18-365 days-faded on aim for a second consecutive fifth-pickle end within the standings with one meeting at Producers Hatch closing.
Hedley ran out of the JHR Traits precise in 2020, but moved to Carlin for this season.
He’ll return to an Elite Motorsport crew he gained the 2019 Ginetta Junior title with, because the Norfolk-primarily primarily based squad survey to snatch fourth within the contemporary Teams’ Championship from fellow contemporary-boys Arden Motorsport, every in their first GB3 advertising campaign.
Hedley, who started karting feeble 11, joined Elite in 2017 sooner than tantalizing as a lot as the Ginetta Junior series for 2018. That season brought two total podiums, ten high-sixes and a fourth-pickle end within the Rookie class after 26 races.
His crowning second came in 2019, as he took seven wins, 18 podiums and the Ginetta Junior title by nearly 100 facets.
Transferring onto British F4, his first season in 2020 brought four wins, with but another four and 7 podiums to this level this 365 days.
“My level of curiosity is de facto on F4, as I desire to present the cruel-working Carlin crew the wins and podiums they deserve,” Hedley stated.
“Nonetheless, this form different from Ed Ives of Elite Motorsport is simply too appropriate to refuse.
“This can give me a appropriate abilities to progress in any championship subsequent 365 days. I would furthermore love to thank Hendy and Sativa Wellness Community (Goodbody Sanatorium Merchandise), my precise sponsors.”
On making the step as a lot as the quickest equipment he’s raced to this level, Hedley added, “I’m if truth be told angry for this different to power the GB3 automobile, because the extra plod would possibly perchance perchance also quiet abet plan my utilizing.
“Donington occurs to be one of my strongest tracks. I obtained pole and my first single-seater snatch there in F4.
“I furthermore scored three Ginetta Junior podiums there with Elite in my Championship-winning 365 days in conjunction with two wins – one of which changed into by over 20 seconds, so I’m if truth be told waiting for making my GB3 debut on the circuit.”
Team Main Eddie Ives added, “James is having a elaborate 365 days in F4 so with a spare automobile in GB3 for the closing spherical, he changed into the evident preference.
“He’s our 2018 Ginetta Junior Iciness Series Champion and 2019 Total Ginetta Junior Champion so I’m joyful to welcome James support to the Elite family and if truth be told waiting for seeing how he adapts to GB3 after two seasons in F4.”
Hedley will join podium-finishers Javier Sagrera and Tom Lebbon at Elite, the latter taking the 2020 Ginetta Junior title with the same outfit.